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Suddenly (2003)



Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 0

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A young, naive clerk at a lingerie store learns about love and her own identity in Diego Lerman's 2002 film Suddenly. Marcia (Tatiana Saphir) leads a very banal and stagnant existence, especially since her boyfriend recently dumped her. While walking on the street one day, she catches the eye of a thuggish woman named Mao (Carla Crespo) who immediately decides to have sex with Marcia solely for the sport of it. Recruiting the aid of her friend Lenin (Veronica Hassan), Mao manages to talk Marcia

Feb 22, 2005

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The movie, filmed in arty black and white, has some nice moments of dialogue and an offbeat, quirky rhythm that is slightly hypnotic at times.

November 28, 2003
Arizona Republic
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The film has nice black-and-white photography, and attitude to spare, but finally leaves you with that unhappily familiar 'so what?' feeling.

November 14, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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The 26-year-old Argentine director Diego Lerman shows a sure hand in his debut, from his contrasty black-and-white compositions to his sly, jumpy edits, reminiscent of Godard.

October 30, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Built on small telling gestures and well-observed moments, and periodically rocked by a spasm of everyday weirdness, Suddenly works its charms slowly but steadily.

October 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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An absorbing film, balancing on the edge of steady.

September 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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An illustration of what happens when new blood hits old or inert cinema: Everything is rejected, or everything is embraced.

August 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Crisply shot in gritty black and white, Suddenly's forceful visual style just doesn't compensate for its hollow psychological core.

May 16, 2007 Full Review
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A fantastic feature debut from Argentina's Diego Lerman, Suddenly is a sullen, apathetic black-and-white road movie not to be missed.

November 17, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

What could have been a twisted Thelma & Louise is more a low-budget, new-wavy exercise in eccentricity and shocking the bourgeoisie.

October 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A quirky, utterly charming road movie from Argentina.

August 28, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It also has an almost impressionistic feel, with long stretches without dialogue, just great music and black & white cinematography and a lot of life and beauty.

August 26, 2003 Full Review
Montreal Film Journal

Has a refreshingly simple look and feel; shots are not intricately choreographed, and there are no perfectly placed musical cues to garishly indicate where a laugh, cry or gasp is requested.

August 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

The film's charm rests in the fact that nobody behaves the way you expect them to.

May 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The film is promising and wonderful, needing maybe only a few minutes' editing down.

May 11, 2003 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Becomes a low-key and rather sweet study of three young women who are more capable of tenderness than they initially seem.

February 27, 2003 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

Audience Reviews for Suddenly

Cast: Tatiana Saphir, Carla Crespo, Veronica Hassan, Beatriz Thibaudin, Maria Merlino, Marcos Ferrante, Ana María Martínez, Susana Pampin, Luis Herrera, Laura Mantel

Director :Diego Lerman

Summary: Two young lesbian criminals kidnap a heavy-set girl in Buenos Aires, taking her along on a road trip into the Argentinean wilderness in a hijacked taxi. It was a spur-of-the-moment thing they might live to regret. Or will they?

My Thoughts: "I liked the fact it was shot in black and white. Not many director's do that, and it was beautifully done. The character's are hard to relate to or even like, but eventually you come to understand them a bit more. It's a somewhat quiet and slow moving, but it fits the flow of the film. A decent little road movie."
October 10, 2010

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A superb and highly underrated little road film. Unique, sexually charged and intelligently written.
May 23, 2010
Randy Tippy

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If you are going black and white, you should have a compelling reason to do so. Instead what we have is a boring series of vignettes of three young women who aren't telling us anything particularly important.
January 20, 2014
John Ballantine

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Two girls lure dowdy knicker seller into black and white roadtrip. An Argentinian indy film low on budget and Hollywood gloss, but high on thoughtfulness. I liked it.
October 31, 2010
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